Conférence de Amr Shakalany

Professeur associé de droit à l'Université Américaine du Caire (AUC)

Conférence organisée par l'Espace des cultures et langues d'ailleurs de l'ENS.

 Islamic Legal Histories: Sexual Crimes between Shari'a and Post-Colonial Law

Par Amr Shalakany Professeur associé de droit à l'Université Américaine du Caire (AUC), Senior Hauser Global Fellow à la NYU Law School est invité par Fadi El Said , professeur à l'ECLA de l'ENS.

As with any other topic of historical research and writing, the story of Islamic-law-past has been woven around a certain "plot," one that relies on a certain set of primary materials, features certain key actors and events, leaves others outside its narrative, and thus implicitly subscribes to a number of foundational premises to define what counts as "Islamic" and what passes for "law" in the historian's tale. The plural histories featuring in the title of this lecture is as yet a future possibility, something to hint at and have a hunch about, and nothing more concrete than that. The talk is divided in three parts. Part I maps-out and describes dominant Islamic law historiography, boils it down to four foundational premises, and claims that a scripturalist (and not just Orientalist) plot ties these four premises together. Part II offers an application of dominant historiography in the case of Egypt. Dr. Shalakany would take the last two hundred years of "sodomy law" as a substantive example that illustrates which norms and institutions of yore fall within the dominant plot of Islamic law history, and which aspects of the country's legal past fall outside that plot. Part III seeks to reconsider the dominant historiography in light of recent scholarship starting with examining antiOrientalist variations on the dominant historiography, then moving to offer a closer reading of an alternative set of scholarship which bears the potential of authoring new plots in Islamic law history.

Mis à jour le 16/5/2018